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Old 04-17-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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My MIL has been having pain around her chest and back area.Thought it maybe her heart she had open heart surgery last Summer.She was taken to the doctor yesterday he say's she has Shingles.Gave her med's and sent her home.Today she has began to blister up she has a good case of them.Told her daughter's to do good hand washing and don't let the babies visit.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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The best thing is that she might have been treated early which will help with the recovery time. They hurt!
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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I had a tiny case of them..and was lucky..Hopefully, she will be okay..it takes time and some peeps need to go to the hospital..
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Old 04-18-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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Had them last year (with pneumonia at the same time). Have to say the pain was horrible. I took pretty heavy doses of prescription pain medication for quite a while. I had been kicking myself for not getting the vacinnation (you can get it after age 60). Then last week my SIL came down with shingles and she had the vacinnation. So guess it doesn't always work.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:40 AM   #5
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Terrible terrible thing to have
I have suffered with them twice in last 3 yrs
The one med I can't afford and the insurance doesn't take cake of so I only do the pills
There isn't ONE anti itch topical OTC cream that I didn't try
Sarna helped,Used the icey ( blue) ointment, Cortisone full strength
Fresh aloe helped some I even used ora jel to numb it
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:18 AM   #6
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I had shingles April '09, not fun. Valtrex was a must, along with ice packs, a spray that numbed the area recommended by the pharmacy and vitamin E . The vitamins I read about in The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing. They recommend between 1200-1600 I.U. of E daily, along with E oil or vitamin E cream applied directly to the lesions. The vitamin E can help with postherpetic neuralgia and will lessen possible scarring. Acupunture can help with pain.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:12 AM   #7
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She seemed to be in awful pain Sunday afternoon.She took her pain pill's and went to her room.They knock her out.Her daughter said the Shingles look some better.
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Old 04-27-2010, 08:18 AM   #8
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I have permanent nerve damage in my back because I suffered thru shingles and never got the proper treatment. I was too scared and stupid to go to the doctor; was afraid it was skin cancer or something. The one spot never did go away and when they flared up again I had to go to the doctor. I've had all kinds of treatment to try and get rid of the back pain including some sort of shock therapy. Now I'm stuck taking about three different meds to try and control the pain.
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